Peak District Walk
Baslow Edge & Wellington's Monument
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Walk Route Description
Many of the walks featured in this site are only suitable for the experienced mountain walker. This short Peak District walk is an ideal introduction to the gritstone edges of the Peak District and can easily be completed in a couple of hours. There is a small car park (grid ref. SK261747) sited just back from Baslow Edge on the lane that climbs east out of Curbar towards the A621 Baslow to Sheffield main road. Alternatively you can park on the roadside in the immediate vicinity.
Even before you start you get a good idea of what the walk will be like. The views to the west are open with the River Derwent meandering through the valley below. The walk is much easier to complete than to describe so please bear with me if the description seems rather complex! From the car park head west down the lane towards Curbar village for a few hundred metres. On the left is a footpath sign pointing south. In reality there are a number of parallel paths and follow one of these in the direction of Baslow village for nearly a kilometre. Ignore the path veering right towards the Edge and go through the gate, following the path which crosses meadows to eventually pick up a track leading to Lady Wall Well.
There is a trough on your left and just after this turn left up a track, taking a left fork shortly afterwards. This leads upwards to reach the boundary of "Open Country" to pass a quarry. Quite quickly you are on the Edge with the moorland plateau stretching east towards Sheffield. Wellington's Monument is a local landmark and it has been in view from just before the quarry. From here there are good views south towards Chatsworth and beyond. After taking in the view turn around and head north using the path that follows the Edge, ignoring any path on your left that descends off the Edge. After a pleasant stroll on level ground you are soon back at your car.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1240 Curbar, Froggatt & White Edges from Curbar Gap - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1014 Coombs Dale, Longstone Edge & Pilsley - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 1273 Burbage Rocks & Padley Gorge from Hay Wood - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 2515 The River Derwent, Curbar, Baslow & Froggatt Edges - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2520 Higger Tor & the Longshaw Estate - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1539 Flask Edge and Bar Brook Moor from Shillito Wood - moderate - 9.4 miles/15.3 km
Walk 1093 Higger Tor & Burbage Rocks from Longshaw - easy/mod - 5.3 miles/8.6 km
Walk 3557 Chatsworth Park from Calton Lees - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 3018 Cracknowl and the Monsal Trail from Bakewell - easy - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 2548 Stanage Edge from Hathersage - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Great Mountain Days in the Pennines
An inspirational guidebook to 50 classic walks on the rolling Pennine landscape. The graded routes, between 6 and 13 miles in length, cover classic Pennine fells and moorland such as Whernside, Ilkley Moor and Pendle Hill; exploring the North and South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Dark Peak. Many routes are also suited to fell running.
Walking in Derbyshire
Walking guidebook to 60 circular day walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Includes the Derwent, Wye and Trent river valleys, near Derby, Matlock, Glossop, Bakewell and Ripley. Routes range from easy to moderate and are between 4 and 14km (2 to 10 miles). Walks focus on places of interest, from Stone Age forts to castles to grand estates.
The End to End Trail